Giving birth under a bridge during a hurricane in Honduras

3 June 2021 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Fabiola Ulloa, 23, gave birth under the bridge where she had taken shelter from a raging hurricane. Six months later, she is still there, with her new baby, partner, and 3-year-old son, living in a tent beside the road.  “My sister and I…

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The Future of Family Planning

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 218 million women didn’t have access to family planning. But because of coronavirus, an additional 12 million women have lost access to family planning.   Right now, every single one of these women must have the lifesaving care and supplies that are their right.   Throughout the pandemic, communities around the world have adapted to lockdown restrictions and supply…

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Before, during, and after crisis: UNFPA’s ongoing work in Palestine

In April and May 2021, Palestinians endured airstrikes that destroyed homes, took down electricity systems, and left hundreds dead including dozens of women and children. The violence was especially intense in Gaza and the city of Jerusalem. In Gaza, 75,000 people fled their homes for safety. Tragically, for thousands of Palestinians injured by the violence or during migration, help may be hard to find. The World Health Organization reported over 90 attacks on health care facilities.  …

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New Moms, No Matter What

UNFPA provides crucial care to pregnant women, like prenatal care and safe delivery. But did you know that UNFPA also cares for new mothers after they’ve given birth? The first few days, weeks, and even year of a baby’s life are critical for the health of both the mother and baby. In…

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UNFPA helps Laotian LGBTQI youth find peace, purpose, and community

VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic – Growing up, Bill didn’t have anywhere to go to about the confusion she felt about her gender identity. In secondary school, classmates used to taunt her feminine mannerisms, calling her “sissy” and “kathoey” (“ladyboy”). “People could see who I was, but not many…

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In crisis after crisis, mothers around the world are asked to do the impossible

UNITED NATIONS, New York ‒ “We were all alone, all the time,” Tatuli Paghava, 31, told UNFPA in Georgia. She was explaining how the COVID-19 pandemic has made it nearly impossible to survive being a mother. “Everything got harder… especially for the mothers who are doing everything alone,” added…

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Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in Brazil this Mother’s Day

BAHIA STATE, Brazil – Carol was 21 when she left home in Belo Horizonte in search of a life purpose. She found it in Vale do Capão, in the rural community of Chapada Diamantina, where she formed Alevante da Terra (Earth Rising), a women’s collective.  When her collective co-founder had a…

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UNFPA supports midwives, women, and girls during India’s COVID spike

India has seen a huge spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. The situation has severely impacted the country’s public health system. UNFPA is working to provide lifesaving care in India during this COVID-19 spike. Throughout February, the country was seeing around 10,000 cases a day. By the beginning of April, the number…

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Friends of UNFPA Statement on UK Government Cuts to UNFPA Funding

New York, NY – May, 6th, 2021 Friends of UNFPA notes with disappointment and great concern the recent announcement that the Government of the United Kingdom is drastically reducing its contribution to UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency. The reductions include cutting approximately $180 million from funding previously pledged for…

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Aroud The World with Dennia Gayle from UNFPA Ethiopia

Dennia Gayle, UNFPA’s Country Representative in Ethiopia spoke with Roger Nokes, Friends of UNFPA’s Communications Director, on what motivates her, the biggest challenges she faces in Ethiopia, and how UNFPA is managing the emerging crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia. You can watch the full conversation here.   Dennia is a native of…

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